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Cheap and nasty bedroom flatscreen LCD

Discussion in 'LCD & LED LCD TVs' started by Darren Blake, Sep 16, 2003.

  1. Darren Blake

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    I am after putting a cheapo flatscreen TV in my bedroom. Here's my current thinking on the cheapest way to go about it. I would appreciate anyone's feedback:

    Buy a second hand 15" or 17" TFT monitor (there must be loads of them about) for about £100.

    Buy an Aver TV box from Nexnix for £95+VAT and use that to connect the 15 pin RGB to a video source.

    Buy a cheap set of active PC speakers for the audio.

    The reason for my thinking it that new LCD TVs still seem to be dearer than the sum of a new TFT monitor + TV tuner + cheap speakers, plus I reckon a 2nd hand TFT monitor will be easier to come by than a 2nd hand LCD screen.

    Maybe a trip to Cash Converters beckons!

    Thoughts, anyone?
     
  2. Daren Lafferty

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    Hi Darren,

    Whilst the principle of what you are doing is sound, you can get a relatively low cost 17" Widescreen from Relisys for around £400 - new and with warranty. The whole system would be a great deal neater.
     
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    Daren,

    I'm already interested in that tv. Do you know if it's any good?

    BTW Darren, it's also available from Nexnix.

    Cheers,
    Cal.
     
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    Dabs had a value monitor that for £25 could have a pal tuner fitted not sure if it still available though.
     
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  6. Darren Blake

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    Cheers for the responses guys.

    Yeah, I know I could get an LDC TV with speakers and tuner included for around £400, but this will be a "from remaining funds" project when I have finished decorating my house and I doubt there will be that much left. Plus (to be honest with myself) I don't really spend enough time watching TV in bed to even justify a cheap and nasty version...

    I was looking at the Realisys sets today on Nexnix. If I had a tad more to splash then that would definately be the way to go.

    ...and a general question: Is it my imagination, or are TFT monitors gradually getting more expensive again?
     
  7. Darren Blake

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    The Relysis is great. A friend has the 15" version but I've heard that the 17" is better (bigger). I have been using a 15" Neovo screen up to now on my kitchen wall. It has S-vid and composite in as well as RGB. It's not bad on composite fed from a Panasonic freeview box. But I am getting fed up with it now and about to try a Phillips projector that someone has kindly given me:)
     
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    Darren,

    If you do buy that unit from DABS could you let me know how it looks as I was thinking of buying one as well.

    Cheers,
    Rich.
     
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    looks intriguing for what I'm looking at. Does the tuner have a remote though ? Only other downside I can quiclky see is the difference in viewing angle between a monitor and a bona fide LCD TV.
     
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    Does anyone know who actually makes that 18.1" one at DABS ??

    It'd be nice to see some more detailed stats.

    Cheers,
    Rad.
     
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    Brightness and response times are the two main specs I'd like to know.
     
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    Nice thought on the 18.1" job. Trouble is it is out of my price range at over £300 (unfortunately).

    The response time is 30ms.
     
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    Viewing Size 46cm(18.1¡±)
    Dot Pitch 0.280mm
    Viewing Angle H:160, V:160(typical)
    Contrast ratio 350:1 (typical)
    Luminance 250 cd/3 (typical)
    Response Time 30ms(typical)
    Resolution 1280 x 1024@60Hz
    Angle Control Swivel:120, Tilt(30)
    Speaker 2W x 2 Internal
    Surface treatment Hard Coating(3H),
    Anti-glare Treatment
    Input Signal Analogue RGB
    DVI,S-VHS,RCA
     
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    Thanks for the stats, Does anyone actually know who makes them ??.

    Cheers,
    RAD
     
  17. Darren Blake

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    The 15" one uses a Samsung panel.
     
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    With the Relisys 17" Widescreen, does it take outputs from a PC (VGA) as well as video sources (composite, s-video, RGB) ?

    If you had to compare the picture quality of the 17" Relisys with that of a mainstream make, sony, panny, sharp etc., how does the Relisys compare?

    Thanks
     
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    what about the 18.1" one ??
     
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    There's a big Relysis review thread right here:

    http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=86442&highlight=relisys
     
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    18.1" are made by Atec
     
  22. Matt Horne

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    The relisys does composite/s-video/component (not rgb) and also have a vga in as well.

    Good lcd panel for the money

    Matt
     
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    If you're feeding from a vid (tuner) and have external speakers available, for £60 more you can got to 19" and get 500:1 contrast here, or for £450 with 600:1
     
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    AT the bottom it says "Option USB 4Port, TV, LCD filter, Wall Mounting, Remote Control, 2W * 2 Internal Speaker" but the only accessory listed is the wall mount...
     
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    The Dabs 19" lists two inputs 15 pin VGA and DVI, no S-video or composite etc. The second one is DVI only.
     
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    Theres 3x 18" Dabs value ones in the Dabs Exchange auction rightnow. Bid is up to about £230. Auction closes tomorrow. Too early for me, alas :-(
     
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    What are going for then? I'm looking exactly the same as you, as I'll need one for the kitchen. Wall mountable would be ideal.
     
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    Its all paycheck dependant, and whether or not I am able to sell my golf clubs.

    I do find myself going back to DABS to check on the 18.1" job :-(

    Ooh. My wallet.
     
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    But according to

    http://www.atech.co.kr/eng/product/neoview_al190.htm

    It does do Svid, and comp.

    Unless Dabs have a different AL190.....

    It seems Dabs have just copied the spec from that web site. Both mention

    Input Connector: 15pin D-Sub(Analog RGB), DVI

    but on the atech site, it mentions

    Input Signal: Analog RGB, DVI-D, S-VHS, RCA

    as well.

    Perhaps Dabs forgot to copy this line, and it does in fact support analogue too.
     
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    Yep I was going to get one weeks ago and had noticed what you said. So I downloaded the manual and in it the S-video and Composite input connectors are listed as optional. I just had to take it that the Dabs description was accurate and didn't buy the monitor as the hassle of getting one just to find it didn't have them wasn't appealing. If someone has got one and can confirm the connectors it would be nice.
     

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